The World Music Network were saddened to hear that musical pioneer Cheb i Sabbah was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer last year. Cheb i Sabbah is a musician that features on The Rough Guide To Sufi Music (Second Edition) with 'Madh Assalhin' (Praising Of The Saints). Chebiji, as he is more usually known, was advised that the cancer was spreading to his liver and left lung and that time was not on his side. Unfortunately, Chebiji does not have health insurance. Due to his weak health condition, Chebiji found himself having to cancel live shows, meaning his income stream has come to a complete halt, with mounting medical bills and future medical costs ahead. Upon learning of his condition, a few close friends, artists and industry professionals have come together to assist him with his fight against cancer.

Benefit AlbumSamaya: A Benefit Album For Cheb I Sabbah has been launched to help pay for Cheb i Sabbah's rising medical costs. An incredible collection of some of global music's finest musicians have gathered to contribute exclusive tracks and remixes to help raise money for fusion pioneer Cheb i Sabbah's health care costs, in his battle against cancer. Featured artists on the double album include Ustad Zakir Hussain, Kailash Kher, Pandit G. S. Sachdev, Riffat Sultana & Sukhawat Ali Khan, Nitin Sawhney, Natacha Atlas, Karsh Kale, Bauhaus, Cheb i Sabbah, Transglobal Underground, MIDIval PunditZ, Amina Annabi, Bill Laswell & Gigi, Opium Feat. MC Raï, Mercan Dede, Janaka Selekta, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Azam Ali & Loga Ramin Torkian, Dub Kirtan All Stars Feat. Freq Nasty, David Starfire & Rik Sharaj, Jef Stott, Watcha Clan, Emam & Friends and Jai Uttal.

You can help Cheb i Sabbah by purchasing a copy of the Samaya Benefit Album. 100% of the net proceeds will go directly to Cheb i Sabbah's Health Care Treatment Fund.